Vatican Christmas

Vatican Christmas

In this photo provided by Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI wished Christmas peace to the world, decrying the slaughter of the “defenseless” in Syria and urging Israelis and Palestinians to find the courage to negotiate. Delivering the Vatican’s traditional Christmas day message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, a weary-looking and hoarse-sounding Benedict on Tuesday also encouraged Arab spring nations, especially Egypt, to build just and respectful societies. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)